Report Qualifying Teaching Expenses

You are a qualified educator if you completed at least 900 hours a school year in a school that provides elementary or secondary education as determined under state law. Additionally, you’re a K-12 teacher, instructor, counselor, principal or aide.

If you’re an eligible educator, you can deduct up to $250 in expenses. Joint filers can deduct a total of $500 in teaching expenses.

The following are categorized as qualified expenses:

  • professional development courses
  • books
  • supplies
  • computer equipment (including related software and services)
  • other equipment
  • supplementary materials

On the other hand, for courses in health or physical education, reporting expenses for supplies must be for athletic supplies.

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